[Spellyans] amphibious

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Thu Oct 4 16:35:12 IST 2012


Thank you, Nicholas and Herbie.
 Jon

----- Original Message -----
From: Nicholas Williams
Sent: 10/04/12 10:18 AM
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] amphibious

 The Cornish dialect word is elvan 'porphyritic rock', but Nance gives men elven for that and suggests that elven itself means 'spark, atom, element'. 
 I did not really invent dewelvennek (KS dywelvednek) because the Breton for 'amphibian' (substantive) is divelvennat. 
 This is similar to the Irish term débheathach 'creature of two lives > amphibian'.

 Nicholas

 On 4 Oct 2012, at 09:39, Herbie Blackburn wrote:
 ‘dewelvennek’ for Amphibian too.



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 University of Kent
 http://kent.academia.edu/JonMills
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